The Margie Liberati Memorial Music Scholarship was created by her three daughters—Dayna Liberati DiRienzo, TJ ’79; Carla Liberati Brandon, TJ ’80; and Lisa Liberati Vith, TJ ’83—in memory of their mother, who passed away in December 2019. Margie was a pioneer in the early days of Pittsburgh television and was best known locally for singing the Wilkens E-Z Credit Jingle, the theme song of both the weekly Wilkens Amateur Hour and the daily E-Z Ranch Gang TV shows. She later toured the U.S. as an opening act for the biggest names of the late 1950s, including Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop, Dinah Shore and Pat Boone. She also toured with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians orchestra, appearing for three years on his live New Year’s Eve TV broadcast from New York City. For Margie, music was something to be enjoyed, appreciated and incorporated into every aspect of life.

This scholarship is administered by TJ Arts. It is offered to a graduating senior from Thomas Jefferson High School who loves music and wants to study it in college. On behalf of the Liberati family, TJ Arts will award the $1,000 scholarship to a senior who will study vocal performance, instrumental music, musical theater, music production, music composition, music education or another music-related major at the collegiate level. Candidates for this scholarship must enroll in an eligible educational institution in pursuit of further training in some aspect of music.

The recipient of this scholarship will be selected by an unbiased committee of West Jefferson Hills teachers, independent performing artists and/or arts educators, and TJ Arts representatives. TJ Arts reserves the right not to award the scholarship if the selection committee determines that there are no appropriate candidates.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Student must be a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School who will graduate in the current school year.
  2. Student must be a gifted musician in vocal performance, instrumental music or music production.
  3. Student must plan to enroll in an eligible educational institution and a music-related major. Acceptance must be verified by his/her guidance counselor.
  4. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 verified by his/her guidance counselor. If extenuating circumstances warrant further consideration, please include an explanation.

To apply for this scholarship, click here.